NATIONAL TESTIMONIAL TO WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON.
THE accomplishment of the Great Work of Emancipation in the United States directs our minds to the
duty of some fit public recognition of the man who must in all future time be regarded as its visible
William Lloyd Gabeisox, then in the twenty-sixth year of his age, established the " Liberator "
newspaper in 1831 ; and thenceforward devoted his abilities and his career to the promotion of "immediate
and unconditional emancipation." After the lapse of thirty-five years of the most exacting labor, of con-
troversy, peril, and misconception, he has been permitted to see the object gained, to which he, at first
almost alone, consecrated his life. The generation which immediately preceded ours regarded him only
as a wild enthusiast, a fanatic, or a public enemy. The present generation sees in him the bold and honest
reformer, the man of original, self-poised, heroic will, inspired by a vision of universal justice, made actual
in the practice of nations ; — who-, daring to- attack without reserve the worst and most powerful oppression
of his country and his time, has outlived the Giant Wrong he assailed and has triumphed over the
sophistries by which it was maintained.
In this difficult and perilous work, his labors have- been so exclusively directed to the single aim of the
overthrow of American Slavery, and so absorbing and severe, that, with abilities capable of winning for-
tune as well as reputation, he is now, in respect to worldly honors and emoluments, as he was at the com-
mencement of his career.
We ask simply to arrest the attention of the American people to the obligations they owe to this
Although he contended for the rights of human nature, — and thus, in a degree, made mankind his
constituency — yet here was the field of his enterprise, and ours was the land to be immediately redeemed.
He was the advocate of no private interest, he was the representative of no sect or party; with no
hope of worldly profit to be reaped from the measures and the principles he urged, he was the conspicuous,
the acknowledged, the prophetic leader of the movement in behalf of the American Slave — now
consummated by the Edict of Universal Emancipation.
It cannot mar the dignity of his position as a man of honest, intellectual, and moral independence, to
receive a substantial testimonial of the good-will and grateful respect of his friends and countrymen; nor
can it be more than an honorable recognition on the part of the uncounted multitudes of all parties and
sections, who must confess themselves to have become his debtors — to give to him such a testimonia
and to make it substantial.
We, the undersigned, do therefore invito all people who rejoice in the destruction of Slavery, in the
re-establishment of the Union on the basis of Universal Freedwff, who appreciate his past service -in the
cause of Liberty, and the dignity and judgment with which he has accepted and interpreted the more
recent events of public history, — to unite with us in presenting a national testimonial, of not less than
Fifty Thousand Dollars, to our fellow countryman — William Lloyd Garrison.
April 25, 1866.
Gov. of Mass.
XI. S. Sen.
ALEX. H. BULLOCK,
GEO. TYLER BIGELOW,
JOHN B. ALLEY,
JOHN D. BALDWIN,
NATII'L P. BANKS,
GEO. S. BOUTWELL,
THOS. D. ELIOT,
ALEX. H. RICE,
J. M. FORBES,
JOHN G. PALFREY,
R. W. EMERSON,
JOHN G. WHITTIER,
HENRY W. LONGFELLOW,
J. R. LOWELL,
F. J. CHILD,
CHAS. ELIOT NORTON,
I. WASHBURN, Jox.,
W. P. FESSENDEN,
LUKE P. POLAND,
WM. A. BUCKINGHAM,
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CHARLES BUTLER, I 1- I
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J. B. HENDERSON,
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[Letter from Chief Justice CJiase.]
WASHINGTON, April 11, 1866.
I am glad that you and others have taken in hand the project of a testimonial to Mr. Garrison. His earnest and
disinterested labors in the great cause of Emancipation, of which he may almost be said to be the pioneer, may be most fitly
so recognized. His best reward is the triumph of the cause, achieved already, though not yet perfected ; but let there be
added to that most precious sense of grand results from work nobly done, sueh a recognition by the people, as will be equally
honorable to them and to him.
Yours very truly,
S. P. CHASE.
Hon. Charles Sumner, in a letter to the Committee, says : " Mr. Garrison's sublime dedication of himself all
alone to this cause, at a moment when it was disregarded, can never be forgotten in the history of this country. I trust that
no effort will be spared to carry out the idea of securing an honorable token of the grateful sentiments which his name must
always inspire among the friends of Human Rights."
JOHN A. ANDREW, Chairman. EDMUND QUINCY.
J. INGERSOLL BOWDITCH. THOMAS RUSSELL.
S. E. SEWALL. WILLIAM E. COFFIN.
R. C. WATERSTON. WILLIAM ENDICOTT, Jun., Treasurer
SAMUEL MAY, Jun., Secretary and Assistant Treasurer.
Communications and remittances may be made to Rev. Samuel Mat, jun., Box 3605, Boston, Mass.